Uber and Palm Beach County Commission meet in epic showdown tomorrow

In what is expected to be quite the show for spectators and stakeholders, the Palm Beach County Commission will meet tomorrow to discuss the future of Uber and the future of other similar tech companies serving Palm Beach County. County commissioners have been in bed with the traditional taxi and limousine business industry for years and Uber has presented a credible threat to their old, obsolete business model. Rather than embrace the change, in February county commissioners introduced an ordinance to force livery drivers to pass an invasive background check even though the prior system was proven to be reliable. The effect of this and other aspects of the new regulation would be less Uber and Lyft drivers on the road, diminishing service to county residents. Many drivers and potential drivers do not want to be fingerprinted for privacy reasons and the extra cost involved, not because they have anything to hide, as what was suggested by one commissioner.

Uber has not backed down to the commissioner’s new and arduous regulation, promising to stop doing business in the county at the end of their temporary operating agreement which expires at the end of September. Uber called Broward County commissioner’s bluff last month, leaving the county, only for those county commissioners to deal with the wrath of very unhappy residents. Broward County is now reconsidering their heavy regulation in favor of a more free market solution.

Specifically, this past February, Palm Beach County Commissioners passed an ordinance that livery drivers must pass a “level 2” background check which would need to go through the government, even though “level 1” background checks (done through private companies) have proven effective for decades. County commissioners have offered no proof of the necessity for the extra background checks which cost drivers more money and are more intrusive resulting in less Uber and Lyft drivers available to service residents. County commissioners have consistently and often spoken about the need to protect the safety of the public, yet there has been no evidence shown the public is at risk or that the public would be better protected with the additional government regulation. Uber has stated it will not comply with the heavy regulation the county is demanding. The county commission, contrary to their public comments, has proven that it is more interested in protecting and serving the livery industry in Palm Beach County, instead of its constituents.


Federal government arrests 150 individuals and $20 million in cash

Yesterday, May 7, 2014, the U.S. Government wasted tremendous resources, through its Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) along with other federal, state, and local partners announced the culmination of Project Synergy Phase II, an ongoing effort quash the free market. Since January and leading up to early this morning, nationwide enforcement operations have taken place targeting businesses that have operated in the United States.

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Liberty First Network issues analysis on three tier system of craft brewers

Today, April 22, 2014, the education and advocacy group Liberty First Network issued its analysis of SB 1714, which would force some brewers of beer into an anti-free market three tiered distribution system. As we wrote yesterday, the bill would force beer brewers in Florida who produce over 2,000 kegs of beer into a scheme forcing them to sell their product to a distributor rather than directly to customers creating an increase in taxes going to the State of Florida as well as increasing the cost to the consumer at the time of purchase.

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Three tiered system antiquated, costly to consumers and anti-free market

You have seen the fight of Tesla Motors and states wanting to force the company to pay dealers to sell their cars instead of selling cars directly to the consumer. The same can be true of the system in Florida when it comes to beer sales. The battle brewing in Tallahassee is whether to force craft brewers into what is known as the three tier system. Florida Senate Bill 1714 was read for the 1st time in the Community Affairs Committee which, as amended, would carve out an exception for brewers who produce under 10,000 kegs per year with a long list of restrictions.

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Libertarians Come Out Against Bailout

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Libertarian Party of Florida Officially Opposes Bailout

Winter Park, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) has passed a resolution against the federal government bailing out financial institutions.

The resolution reads as follows: “Whereas the Libertarian Party of Florida recognizes that the current plan to bail out the financial institutions from the bad loans that they were forced to make by pressures from Congress and liberal organizations will damage the U. S. economy; and whereas it is clearly evident that the pressure groups knew in advance that the financial institutions would eventually fail, and that the public would be forced to foot the bill for the loans that should never have been approved. The Libertarian Party of Florida now condemns the plan of Congress and Executive Branch of the U. S. Government to use taxpayer money to bail out the financial institutions”.

Libertarian Party of Florida chairman, Karl Dickey, said this morning, “We realize the dire consequences if Congress chooses not to act during this time of crises, however we also fully understand if the bailout does pass the dire consequences will be multiplied. This Congressional action only delays the inevitable and in fact makes our economic situation much worse for the long term. We should take our medicine today no matter how painful that may be, in order to prevent an economic catastrophe this country has never seen. Although there is much blame to be spread around, it is clear the disastrous choices made by our government many years ago is coming to a tragic end. Had our leaders not violated their oaths by voting against our Constitution and libertarian principles, we would not be in this situation today. This is not the result of a free market going awry as sadly we do not have a free market in this country and haven’t for many decades.”

The Libertarian Party of Florida believes we should have a small government at all levels and abhor the huge spending we see today by our elected officials. The Libertarian Party of Florida believes a free and competitive market will allocate resources in the most efficient manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market without any interference from government officials. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.